Battle Creek, MI – After taking game one of the series, the Lakeshore Chinooks continued their winning streak Sunday night after they secured a 6-5 win over the Battle Creek Bombers in what was a very close battle.
The Bombers struck early on Chinooks starter Nolan Bond (Houston), who made his first start of the season with the ball club. In the bottom of the first, Daniel Patzlaff (Oregon) and Christian Helsel (Penn State) both hit back-to-back singles, followed by Jarrod Watkins (Central Michigan) who also singled to load the bases for the Bombers. Dean Miller (Central Michigan) came to plate and advanced to first after an error in the field by the Chinooks which allowed two runs to score and gave the Bombers an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, the Bombers added to their lead after Jacob Blunt (Clarke University) drew a walk and Miller followed with a single that put runners on first and third. Ryan Dorow (Adrian College) hit an RBI single that scored Blunt to increase the Bombers lead to 3-0.
The Chinooks really got the bats going in the top of the fifth off of Bombers starter Scott Sency (SVSU). Darius Sewell (Georgia State) and Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) both bombed back-to-back home runs to make it 3-2 Bombers and gave the team some momentum.
The Chinooks did not want the runs to stop there. In the top of the sixth, Hayden Senger (Miami-Ohio) roped a double followed by another double from Sewell that scored Senger to tie it up at 3-3. A wild pitch advanced Sewell to third and an error on the Bombers catcher brought Sewell home and gave the Chinooks a 4-3 lead.
After pitching five and two thirds innings and giving up 7 hits and 4 runs, Sency was taken out and Krystien Johnson-Battilana (Davenport) was called in from the Bombers bullpen. Top of the seventh, James Bleming (Lehigh) led off with a single, stole second, and came home off an unearned run to make it 5-3 Chinooks. Riley drew a walk that brought Owen Miller (Illinois State) to the plate, who bombed a tripled that allowed Riley to score and gave the Chinooks a solid 6-3 lead.
Headed to the bottom of the seventh, the Chinooks took out Bond after he went a solid six innings and brought in lefty Joe Stoll (Ohio State) who did his job pitching one inning and gave up no runs. Zach Reeg (Augustana) took the place of Stoll on the mound for the bottom of the eighth. Reeg also was strong giving up no runs and racked up two strikeouts in his one inning of work.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Bombers gave the Chinooks a run for the their money. Jack Landwehr (Illinois State) took the mound for the Chinooks where Watkins greeted him with a single. That brought Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) to that plate who hit a two run homer to bring the Bombers within one. Landwehr would be solid the rest of the inning, holding the Bombers scoreless and helped secure the Chinooks a 6-5 win.
Bleming went an impressive 3-3 at the plate, along with Sewell who went 2-4. The Chinooks will travel to Kalamazoo to take on the Growlers in a two game series. Game one will be Monday night at 7:05.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visithttp://northwoodsleague.com/lakeshore-chinooks or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Chinooks as your favorite team.